It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? :) But Erma has not...Read More
If you’re like me, probably several! Join me here at the Elephant Coffee Klatch to explore fun ways to pursue our old(er) creative dreams by chatting with those dreams!
Also known around here as talking to your elephant(s). ;)
So what is the Klatch? And what’s it got to do with elephants & coffee?
The Elephant Coffee Klatch is a post prompt series that focuses on creative blocks: specifically, befriending those blocks, getting to know them over a cup of coffee (or libation of choice), and figuring out ways to move past them. It’s a “coffee klatch” because I’ve always thought the name “coffee klatch” is just so fun & silly & endearing. It’s an elephant coffee klatch because…well…
The Klatch first took form in 2011 because I was exploring why I wasn’t finishing the novel I’ve been writing for ages. I was, and still am, a huge fan of Havi’s work at The Fluent Self, where she teaches you how to talk to walls. Being one given to wild flights of whimsy (*cough*understatement*cough*), I loved this idea. So I decided to talk to my wall-that-was-my-writing-block, and lo & behold, it appeared in my mind as an elephant, not a wall.
Why an elephant? Because it was something that I knew was lurking in the back of my mind, and I was ignoring it. But it was there, sort of growing & getting antsy & demanding attention…you know, it was the elephant in the room.
The “room” in this case was my subconscious mind.
And so “elephant” the block became, and I decided to talk to her.
She told me her name is Erma, and she’s sort of the stand-in for all my various creative-blocks-hanging-out-back-in-the-dark-corners-of-my-mind.
I decided to embark on a process of getting to know Erma, in a very friendly way, over coffee. We could chat about what might be going on with my creative dreams–I have so many–and figure out ways to move forward.
And the Elephant Coffee Klatch was born.